The Philippines was known to many around the world for; unique hospitality, the beaches, the nearly-to-nothing language barrier for English, and what else; the trademark jeepneys with all the supposedly wonderful artwork adorned. Drama fans, however also need to take note; this country is also one of the world’s most prolific drama producing-countries, and could beat South Korea at it (or as so it says).
But the thing is, that’s exactly what I need to address; the current state of Philippine TV programming is becoming PROBLEMATIC because of this genre. In fact, being an Japanophile myself, this is something that they called it the “the programming-killer genre”. And I, armed with the piece of knowledge I gained (from Philippine TV critics on the internet) about this, can now finally reveal the observations that base these reasons on why you should hate teleseryes:
#1: Character Troupes
Here are my top four answers: ugly bida (protagonist), missing child, rich antagonist, goons. Am I correct?
Usually, the high qualities are always done every week: American dramas, Japanese anime, so on, so forth. But here in the Philippines, teleseryes (even the best ones) are daily servings: they air EVERY WEEKDAY AFTERNOON AS WELL ON WEEKNIGHT PRIMETIME! This, actually leads to…
#3: Production Quality
A result from #2. I think this quote will explain this.
Quality in a product or service is not what the supplier puts in. It is what the customer gets out and is willing to pay for. A product is not quality because it is hard to make and costs a lot of money, as manufacturers typically believe. This is incompetence. Customers pay only for what is of use to them and gives them value. Nothing else constitutes quality.
Peter F. Drucker
Teleserye-wise, you’re being subjected to low-quality material and unnecessary buffers that came as a result from producers being obliged to constantly produce episodes within such a short time frame!
#4: Commercial Breaks
Short commercial breaks can do fine for a good 2 minutes, or sometimes the best program needs only a single break. Here, teleseryes are peppered with 20 MINUTES OF COMMERCIALS OVER 3 BREAKS! Today, as teleseryes still run with 25 minutes of actual airtime, this is the reason teleseryes have 45 minute time slots (in the past: 5 minutes of commercials plus 25 minutes of actual airtime equals a 30 minute timeslot)!
#5: Recycled Storylines
The latest trends in adultery! Switched at birth! No memory at the start! Bida vs. Kontrabida! The missing link! It begins at paradise! The best parts ever (a producer will think of)! And the best thing ever is?!!
#6: Mandatory Scenes
A typical melodramatic teleserye is not official without what the ill producers call it the “MONEY SCENES”! This particular aspect is WHAT EVERYONE WAS WAITING FOR, YET PROVEN TO BE (in my own words) THE TRADEMARK ASPECT OF THIS GENRE THAT MADE THE LANDSCAPE OF PHILIPPINE TV TOO PROBLEMATIC!!!! And it comes in either these two:
#6B: Crying Scenes
Photo courtesy of ABS-CBN
So there you have it: this convention has to stop, and we don’t know what will eventually happen to the landscape of Philippine TV if they keep on doing this. Let’s just hope that the Big Two will eventually listen to the viewers’ grievances over their programming, and in response, result in a shakeup.
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